LATEST INFORMATION ON HEALTH EMERGENCY – COVID-19 – CORONAVIRUS

The latest figures released by the NYS Department of Health show that there are now 34,290 confirmed coronavirus cases in Westchester County. There are 13,423 cases in Rockland, 10,570 in Orange, 4,056 in Dutchess, 1,741 in Ulster, 1,485 in Putnam, and 1,430 in Sullivan County. There are 383,324 confirmed cases in NYS (as of 6/14/20).

As of 6/13/20

  • According to the Rate of Transmission (Rt) website rt.live, New York State has the nation’s lowest Rt, at .78.
  • Governor Cuomo is urging all protesters to get a COVID-19 test. Find a test site near you.
  • Local or state facilities that operate as a cooling center may open at their discretion while following state guidance; the Department of Health released interim guidance for cooling centers.
  • Special education services and instruction may be provided in-person this summer; the Department of Health released interim guidance for these services.
  • Governor Cuomo announced that localities may open public pools and playgrounds at their discretion while following state guidance; the Department of Health released interim guidance for pools.
  • Governor Cuomo signs legislation to suspend the forfeit of Unemployment Benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a legislation to repeal the criminalization of wearing a mask in public.
  • Schools will be permitted to hold drive-in and drive-through graduation ceremonies this year; the Department of Health released interim guidance for these ceremonies; or have Socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people starting on June 26th.
  • Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.

As of 6/3/20

  • Summer day camps statewide can open on June 29, and a decision on sleep-away camps will be made in the coming weeks.
  • Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses to open in regions that have met the metrics required for phase one.
  • Governor Cuomo announced the implementation of a new early warning dashboard to monitor and review how the virus is being contained on an ongoing basis.
  • As New York City prepares for phase 1 of reopening on June 8th, 10 additional testing spots will be added to hotspot areas who are predominantly low income and minority communities.
  • Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order authorizing businesses to deny entry to individuals not wearing masks or face-coverings.
  • Outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted in the seven regions currently in phase two of reopening starting June 4th.

As of 5/25/20

  • Capital Region, Western New York, Central New York, North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan.
  • NYS on PAUSE will continue through May 28 for regions that have not started reopening; a region can enter Phase One of reopening as soon as it meets its required metrics.
  • Mid-Hudson Region is on track to enter phase one of reopening Tuesday, May 26th; Long Island is on track to reopen Wednesday, May 27th.
  • New York State and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
  • Campgrounds and RV parks are opening statewide.
  • Veterinarian practices will be allowed to open in all regions beginning Tuesday, May 26th.
  • Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan, along with the state’s regional monitoring dashboard.
  • New York State has doubled testing capacity to reach 40,000 diagnostic tests per day, and has more than 700 testing sites. We encourage eligible New Yorkers to find a nearby testing site and get tested.
  • New Yorkers are reminded to vote for finalists in the Wear a Mask New York Ad Contest by Monday, May 25th at WearAMask.ny.gov.
  • The $100M New York Forward Loan Fund will provide loans to small businesses, focusing on minority and women-owned small businesses, that did not receive federal COVID-19 assistance.
  • The New York State sales tax filing deadline has been extended to June 22, 2020.
  • Summer school will be conducted through distance learning.

As of 5/17/20

  • Central New York, North County, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan and have begun reopening.
  • NYS on PAUSE will continue through May 28 for regions that have not started reopening; a region can enter Phase One of reopening as soon as it meets its required metrics.
  • Governor Cuomo released a guide to the state’s “NY Forward Reopening” Plan, along with the state’s regional monitoring dashboard.
  • Additional guidelines have been outlined for business that are in phase one of reopening.
  • In coordination with neighboring states, public and private beaches will open with certain restrictions on May 22, ahead of Memorial Day weekend.
  • Horse racing tracks statewide and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of June 1st.

As of 5/11/20

  • The Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state’s regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th.
  • Certain low-risk business and recreational activities will be ready to reopen statewide on May 15th, including landscaping and gardening businesses; and recreational activities such as tennis and drive-in movie theaters.

As of 5/9/20

  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through June 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.
  • New York State’s moratorium on COVID-related evictions will be extended until August 20th with fees for missed or late rent payments banned during the moratorium.
  • The State Department of Health is investigating several cases of severe illness in children and child deaths that may be related to COVID-19.
  • Due to a reduction in court services caused by COVID-19, the state is extending the window for victims to file time-barred cases under the Child Victims Act for an additional five months until January 14, 2021.
  • Governor Cuomo announced the members of New York’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council—made up of educators, students, parents and education leaders— to help districts reimagine schools as they prepare to reopen.

As of 5/1/20

  • All schools and college facilities in NYS will remain closed and continue to provide distance learning, meal delivery and child care services for the remainder of the school year.
  • Governor Cuomo today issued an executive order delaying school board elections and budget votes statewide until June 9, 2020.
  • 35 counties that do not have significant risk of a COVID-19 surge in the near term can now resume elective outpatient treatments.

As of 4/26/20

  • Governor Cuomo outlined a phased plan to re-open New York and re-imagine a new normal for the state starting with construction and manufacturing.
  • The plan will be implemented in phases and will be based on regional analysis and determinations.

As of 4/25/20

  • New York State is state is expanding diagnostic testing criteria to allow all first responders, health care workers and essential employees to be tested for COVID-19 even if they aren’t symptomatic.
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order allowing pharmacists to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
  • In face of a dangerous uptick of domestic violence incidents, a new domestic violence text program and new confidential online service will aid victims of abuse.
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an Executive Order mandating the NYS Board of Elections automatically mail every New Yorker a postage-paid application for an absentee ballot.

As of 4/22/20

  • Preliminary Phase I results of Antibody Testing Study show 13.9% of the population have COVID-19 antibodies. Find more information and FAQs on antibody testing.
  • A new initiative will ramp up testing in the African-American and Latino communities by working with places of worship.
  • Expanded COVID-19 diagnostic testing at NYCHA facilities begins 4/23.
  • $30 million in Child Care Scholarships will be provided to essential workers and supplies for child care providers.
  • State Health Department will partner with Attorney General James to investigate nursing home violation.

As of 4/21/20

  • Elective outpatient treatment can resume in counties and hospitals without significant risk of COVID-19 surge starting next week.

As of 4/19/20

  • Governor Cuomo has allowed the re-opening of marinas for private use and golf courses.

As of 4/16/20

  • Schools and nonessential businesses will stay closed through May 15th.
  • Governor Cuomo issued an executive order requiring all people in New York to wear masks or face coverings in public, including when taking public or private transportation or riding in for-hire vehicles.
  • An executive order directs employers to provide essential workers with masks free of charge to wear when interacting with the public.
  • NYS will conduct antibody tests prioritizing frontline workers beginning this week.
  • A blueprint to un-PAUSE New York will be implemented in coordination with other regional states to get people back to work and ease social isolation without triggering renewed spread of the virus.

As of 4/9/20

  • Golf courses, boat launches, marinas have been classified as nonessential businesses by Empire State Development.
  • New Yorkers who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate blood. Here’s information on how to donate.
  • NYS is increasing the maximum fine for violations of the state’s social distancing protocol from $500 to $1,000 to help address the lack of adherence to social distancing protocols.
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order to bring in additional funeral directors to help with the high number of deaths.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

As of 4/6/20

  • Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa announced that the June Regent exams are canceled.
  • Governor Cuomo has directed the state nonessential workforce to continue to work from home through April 29th.
  • In-person workforce restrictions, which have been implemented through various executive orders are also extended until April 29th.
  • Statewide school closures are extended until April 29.

As of 4/4/20

  • The CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

  • Governor Cuomo will issues an executive order allowing medical students who are slated to graduate to begin practicing.
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order to redistribute ventilators and PPE to hospitals with the greatest need.

As of 4/2/20

  • Consumers and small businesses experiencing financial hardship may defer paying health insurance premiums through June 1, 2020.
  • New Yorkers without health insurance can apply through NY State of Health through May 15, 2020; must apply within 60 days of losing coverage.

As of 3/31/20

Due to circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to get a “Real ID” has been extended to October 1, 2021.

Starting Wednesday, April 1, the Bee-Line Bus System will operate on a Saturday schedule six days a week, Monday-Saturday. Bee-Line will continue to operate Sunday service on Sundays.

As of 3/29/20

Gov. Cuomo has extended the mandate for nonessential businesses to remain closed until at least April 15, 2020 and for nonessential workers to remain home.

Rhode Island has revised its executive order to: “any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.”

Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.

As of 3/28/20

Gov. Cuomo has rescheduled the Presidential Primary Election in New York to June 23, 2020, the same date as the Congressional and legislative primaries.

As of 3/27/20

Gov. Cuomo announced that schools will be closed until at least April 15

He suspended all non-essential construction projects.

New Yorkers without Health Insurance can apply through NY State of Health within 60 days of losing coverage.

As of 3/25/20

NYS has set up a hotline 1-844-863-9314 where residents can call and schedule a free appointment with one of the 6175 mental health professionals who are volunteering to talk with people during this public health emergency.

As of 3/23/20

U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to help borrowers still paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. By making this change, deferments through December 31, 2020, will be automatic. Now, borrowers of home and business disaster loans do not have to contact SBA to request a deferment.

As of 3/22/20

  • Governor Cuomo and the Army Corps of Engineers have identified four sites – SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Old Westbury, Jacob Javitz Convention Center, and Westchester County Center, to be transformed into temporary hospitals.
  • Gov. Cuomo has mandated the suspension of elective, non-critical surgeries as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.
  • Young people can get coronavirus (COVID-19) and transfer it. 18-49 year-olds represent 53% of total cases.

From Westchester County Executive:

  • Starting Monday, March 23, the Bee Line buses will waive their fee and all passengers must now enter and exit the Bee Line buses from the rear-door.  The new policy is the latest action taken by Latimer to protect frontline employees from COVID-19, and stop the spread. Additionally, the first three rows of seats on all fixed-route transit buses will be roped off in an effort to further distance the passengers from drivers. Special accommodations will be made for handicapped passengers. The move was made to ensure social distancing from drivers, while still keeping customers a priority.
  • The Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) is developing and implementing safety measures, and changing the way the Department provides services to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Westchester. As a precaution, in-person contact has been eliminated whenever possible, with DSS transitioning to offer assistance by way of telework options and phone to reduce the potential exposure of Westchester County’s residents. Those in need of benefits should apply online through www.MyBenefits.com, additionally, applications can be either mailed or faxed to DSS.

DSS District Offices will remain open for emergency walk-in assistance as needed, using appropriate social distancing.

To date, Westchester County DSS has executed the following safety methods:

  • Using technology (laptops, mobile phones, remote login and online application processes) to provide assistance to residents.
  • Developed in-office emergency assistance options across multiple public assistance programs to help residents by phone, maintaining appropriate social distancing.
  • Using specially-developed protocols for child welfare and adult protective services to handle non-safety related contacts by phone. Proper precautions will be taken if an in-person child/adult safety assessment is needed.
  • Utilizing waivers when possible to defer nonessential regulatory requirements.
  • Reduced Department staffing to minimal levels required to provide essential Social Services functions using rotating schedules.
  • Supporting food requests and deliveries by phone or online.
  • Supporting staffing of a child care site for healthcare providers and first responders, monitoring child care provider closures.
  • Westchester County’s shelters are fully operational, and emergency housing units have been set aside. All housing is maintained following CDC guidelines; clients are screened upon entry and if required moved to hospitalization or isolation.
  • For Case Management information, residents can call 914-995-3333 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

As of 3/21/20

  • Governor Cuomo expects it to take months to “get through this.”
  • Federal Government has made a Federal Disaster Declaration which makes NY eligible for FEMA resources.

The Executive Order 202.8 of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo states the following to be in effect from March 20, 2020, until April 19, 2020:

  • The extension of validity of any Driver’s License, Non-Driver Identification or registration expiring on or after March 1, 2020
  • The extension of validity of any temporary registration document issued by a NYS Dealer
  • The cancellation of any in-person DMV appointment at any office until further notice
  • Deadline dates in court proceedings (i.e. statutes of limitations, motions, etc.) are hereby tolled.
  • A 90-day stay on foreclosure

To view the full Executive order please visit www.governor.ny.gov/executiveorders

As of 3/20/20

  • The Federal government announced that Tax Day has moved from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.
  • Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open as of Sunday evening.
  • New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.
  • All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 PM.

Strictest Rules for Most Vulnerable Groups
Seniors over 70, immune-compromised people, and those with underlying illnesses

  • Remain indoors
  • Can go outside for solitary exercise
  • Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature
  • Do not visit households with multiple people
  • All vulnerable persons should wear a mask when in the company of others
  • Always stay at least six feet away from individuals
  • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary

PAUSE provisions for Non-Vulnerable Populations

  1. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, or other social events) are cancelled or postponed at this times
  2. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced
  3. When in Public Individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others
  4. Businesses and entities that provide essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.
  5. Individuals should limit outdoor recreations activities to non-contact and avoid activities where you come in close contact with people
  6. Individuals should limit use of transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least 6 feet from other riders.
  7. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care, and only after telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the nest interest of their health
  8. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations

Precaution: isopropyl alcohol wipes

As of 3/19/20

  • The Department of Financial Services has issued a new directive to New York State mortgage servicers to provide 90-day mortgage relief to mortgage borrowers impacted by the novel coronavirus.
  • Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 75 percent.
  • Governor Cuomo signed the bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus.
  • Metro-North is no longer accepting cash fare payments at its ticket counters or on trains. Metro-North will continue to accept credit card payments for ticket transactions, or customers can use cash at a ticket vending machine. We also urge customers to use the MTA eTix app, the fast and easy way to pay directly from your smartphone. In addition, in line with the NY State guidelines so that customers and employees are not potentially exposed to the virus, starting today, Wednesday, March 18, we are temporarily closing the following station ticket offices:
    • Bronxville
    • Croton-Harmon
    • Mount Vernon East
    • New Rochelle
    • North White Plains
    • Rye
    • Tarrytown
    • White Plains

As of 3/18/20

  • Governor Cuomo will issue an executive order directing non-essential businesses to implement work-from-home policies effective Friday, March 20. Businesses that rely on in-office personnel must decrease their in-office workforce by 50 percent.
  • Exemptions from the order will include shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions.
  • Retail shopping malls, amusement parks, and bowling alleys to close by 8 PM Thursday in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
  • The USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor to increase New York’s hospital surge capacity.
  • The Governor and Legislature have an agreement on a bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns.

As of 3/17/20

  • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1.  He said that he will close the schools in two-week intervals, and to expect the schools to be closed for longer than just this two-week period.
  • No gatherings of 50 people or more in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey
  • Strongly advise only services and businesses that are essential to stay open after 8:00 pm.
    • Groceries
    • Gas stations
    • Pharmacies
    • Medical facilities
  • Nonessential state workers will work from home
  • All local governments must reduce their workforce by at least 50%
  • New York State will waive all park fees in state, local and county parks

As of 3/16/20

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have all agreed to ban crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 50 people as of 8 p.m. Monday. All casinos, bars, restaurants, and movie theaters, and gyms will be closed as of 8 p.m. as well. The industries will remain closed indefinitely and the governors of the three states will coordinate a reopening date. Restaurants will be allowed to shift to takeout and delivery services. These establishments will be provided a waiver for carry-out alcohol. Supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will not be affected.

Gov. Cuomo is urging all New Yorkers to stay home as much as possible and to keep a safe distance of 6 feet from others in public spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

The state has waived the fees for state, county, and local parks.

All local governments are to reduce their workforce by 50% minimum.

As of 3/15/20

Gov. Cuomo has ordered that schools in Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.

Gov. Cuomo has ordered that nonessential state workers who work in Rockland County and south to stay home.

Updated operational protocols from the Unified Court System.

As of 3/15/20

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell ordered all public daycare centers which are regulated by New York State, including but not limited to all large and small day care centers, nursery and preschools, prekindergarten and head start programs, in Putnam County closed for five (5) days  effective 12:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020.  The closings were ordered out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to continue to follow the guidelines being issued by federal and state agencies regarding best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the County Executive has issued Executive Orders canceling or postponing all social, community, public gatherings or events, including Putnam County-sponsored events where it is anticipated that more than 20 people will be in attendance and also ordering all food service establishments, including delis, supermarkets, grocery stores and catering facilities to cease all buffet style service and sales.

She previously ordered:

  • All public and private schools in the county will be closed. Extracurricular activities must be canceled, but the school buildings can remain open for staff and administrators.
  • The county’s four senior centers are closed and home meal delivery will be expanded to all seniors in need.  This includes the Friendship Centers in Carmel, Putnam Valley and Philipstown, and the William Koehler Senior Center in Mahopac.
  • Visitors will no longer be allowed at the Putnam County Jail.
  • All civil service examinations will be canceled and rescheduled at a later date.

As of 3/14/20

Masses in the Archdiocese of New York will be canceled beginning this weekend, March 14-15, 2020.

As of 3/14/20 from Gov. Cuomo:

The executive order suspends the candidate petitioning process — effective 5 PM on Tuesday — for the June primaries for Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly, and Judicial races. 

The executive order also modifies the signature requirements for ballot access; candidates will only need to collect 30 percent of the statutory threshold. For Congress, candidates would need 375 signatures rather than 1,250. For State Senate, candidates would need 300 signatures rather than 1,000. For Assembly, candidates would only need 150 signatures rather than 500.

The executive order also modifies deadlines and procedures to better allow New Yorkers to vote absentee for the Queens Borough President special election on March 24. It extends the current deadline to register to vote absentee to March 23, the day before the special election. Absentee votes must be postmarked or delivered in person up until the day of the election on March 24.

As of 3/14/20 from From New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson:

We’ve received reports of some businesses outside our city refusing to serve New Rochelle residents, and that’s outrageous, so we’re teaming up with Westchester County to protect our rights. If you have been improperly denied service or been the victim of an unconscionable or deceptive trade practice related to the coronavirus or the so-called containment zone, then contact the Westchester County Consumer Protection Department by calling 914-995-2155 or sending an email to conpro@westchestergov.com.

As of 3/13/20

A drive-thru coronavirus testing facility has been set up at Glen Island Park to test people for the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to Gov. Cuomo, people must contact their doctor first before making an appointment to be tested at Glen Island Park. Those who are under quarantine in New Rochelle will be the first to be tested. The public is not allowed to show up without an appointment.

Executive Orders from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo:

  • New York State Can Now Authorize 28 Labs to Run Manual, Semi-Automated and Automated Testing – Dramatically Increasing Capacity to About 6,000 Tests per Day in the Next Week
  • Governor Issues Executive Order Waiving 7-Day Waiting Period for Workers to Claim Unemployment Insurance due to COVID-19 and Eliminating Aid Penalty for Schools Directed to Close
  • Governor Directs Department of Public Service to Suspend Utilities from Cutting Off Service as a Result of COVID-19

From New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson:

The National Guard continues to work in concert with School officials and not-for-profit organizations to provide meals, clean facilities, and deliver supplies. They are not here in a military or policing capacity. If you see a member of the Guard, please thank them for their service to New Rochelle.

Institutions are still restricted from holding large gatherings in the Wykagyl area, but except for individuals subject to quarantine, residents are free to come and go, and businesses are open, with free parking at all metered spaces.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities will not accept visitors until further notice.

We can all protect ourselves and our families by following common-sense public health guidelines, including reasonable social distancing.

City Hall remains open, but for those who prefer to conduct business remotely, you can find a full list of online municipal services, as well as other information at newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

As of 3/12/20

The governor directs new occupancy rules for density reduction.

  • No gatherings with more than 500 people
  • 0-500 capacity must reduce occupancy by 50% by Friday 5 p.m.
  • Broadway Theaters which must comply by Thursday at 5 p.m.
  • Exceptions are schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and mass transit.

*As a reminder: Public health experts have been clear that the great majority of those who contract coronavirus will recover without difficulty, and that we can protect ourselves and our families by following common-sense public health guidelines. If someone is experiences symptoms, ask that they consult their healthcare provider.

Westchester County Coronavirus Information

As of 3/11/20

New Rochelle

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle starting on Thursday, 3/12 and ending on Wednesday, 3/25. Here is what we know:

  • NYS will deploy the National Guard to the containment area (which includes anywhere in a one-mile radius of the Young Israel of New Rochelle synagogue).
    • The Guard will not be engaged in military or policing functions.
  • Any facilities in that area, as well as schools within that area, will be closed for two weeks.
  • The National Guard will help clean public spaces in the containment area.
    • They will distribution of meals to students who rely on school lunches and breakfasts at schools that are closed.
    • If someone is in need of food and/or medication delivery, they can call 1-866-588-0195.
  • New Rochelle will have a satellite testing facility, partnering with Northwell Health, in New Rochelle.

Cuomo believes New Rochelle is probably the largest cluster of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. New Rochelle will create a complete list of affected facilities and will provide appropriate guidance to them. The City is assisting in the distribution of hand sanitizer from New York State to large institutions throughout New Rochelle, especially those serving seniors. At present, however, hand sanitizer is not available for the general public.

This will affect:

  • Several public and private schools
  • Houses of Worship
  • Other large institutions in the Wykagyl area of New Rochelle’s North End.
  • This is purely a limitation on large gatherings. It is not a quarantine or exclusion zone.
  • It does not apply to individual residents and families or to individual businesses.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in New Rochelle, including deploying the National Guard to a containment area and setting up a satellite testing facility for the community.

The National Guard will help deliver food to homes and clean public spaces in the containment area, Cuomo said.

New York is also setting up a satellite testing facility, partnering with Northwell Health, in New Rochelle, which is in Westchester County.

New Rochelle is “a particular problem,” Cuomo said, adding that “the numbers have been going up, the numbers continue to go up, the numbers are going up unabated.”

“What we are going to do is focus on an area — concentric circle — around the situs of the majority of the cases in New Rochelle,” he said.

Cuomo described the cluster of confirmed coronavirus cases in New Rochelle as “probably the largest cluster in the United States,” adding it’s a “significant issue for us.” There are 108 confirmed coronavirus cases in Westchester County.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo described the “dramatic action,” detailing a two week period where facilities in the New Rochelle containment would be closed.

Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker described it as an approximate radius of a mile of the containment area.

Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

At State direction, and to safeguard our most vulnerable senior residents, nursing homes and assisted living facilities in our area will not be permitted to accept visitors until further notice.

Please remember that most people who contract coronavirus will recover without difficulty and that we can protect ourselves and our families by following common-sense public health guidelines.

Health experts are explaining one of the best ways to fight the spread of COVID-19 is the utilization of earned sick leave. Find out more about Westchester’s earned sick leave.

In light of recent COVID-19 developments, Westchester County is taking steps to ensure all Bee-Line buses are sanitized daily.

Westchester residents who are in self-quarantine can call 866.588.0195, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to talk to a health care professional or mental health professional, listen to recorded information/FAQ about symptoms, and information on what to do. Language translations are available.

Residents who are experiencing price gouging are urged to notify the consumer hotline at 1.800.697.1220

Call United Way’s 211 for more information.

The situation is unfolding, and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

If you think you are symptomatic – DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. Call your healthcare provider, tell them about your condition, and await further instructions before going to a healthcare facility. This will allow for time for the appropriate precautions to be taken.

PUBLIC SAFETY

HEALTH

New Yorkers Can Call 1-888-364-3065 with Questions or Concerns about Travel and Symptoms

State Health Department Website – NY.Gov/Coronavirus – Provides Coronavirus Updates for New Yorkers and Guidance for Healthcare Providers

Travel Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. CDC also says older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan.

Read about CDC’s travel information recommendations related to coronavirus disease 2019.

Helpful Links and Notices

General Information

Learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 from the CDC
(CDC information includes prevention strategies, case counts, frequently asked questions and answers, travel guidance,.)

Read the most recent news release from the Wyoming Department of Health about coronavirus disease 2019

CDC Guidance Information

Read guidance information for long-term care facilities

Read guidance information for schools and childcare facilities

Read guidance information for higher education

Read guidance information for businesses and employers

COVID-19: Free Food Distribution for Putnam Residents

The Putnam County Emergency Food Distribution is currently at full capacity. Please check back for openings.

To help Putnam County residents who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the United Way of Westchester of Putnam and Putnam County Government has organized for food from the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THEIR PACKAGES DELIVERED TO THEIR HOMES.

The program will run on Thursdays through August 27.

Families with students that qualify for free or reduced lunch will also receive books and activities throughout the program.

The program is limited to 600 households. You must be a Putnam County resident to participate.

 

 

United Way Provides Coronavirus Relief in up to $50,000 in Grants to Westchester Nonprofits

The United Way of Westchester and Putnam announced that in response to the hardships created by the Coronavirus it is releasing funds totaling up to $50,000 through grants to nonprofits in Westchester. The organization will be awarding grants up to $5,000 to nonprofits directly helping the underprivileged or ALICE populations, those who are employed but are living paycheck-to-paycheck, that are displaced or actively impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Westchester County.

“Westchester is firmly ensconced at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and we have asked the nonprofit community responding to the needs in the community what they are seeing during this unprecedented time,” said United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO Tom Gabriel. “This grant initiative is the first of several rounds of funding that we anticipate being able to distribute in support of the communities affected by the Coronavirus.”

The initial round of funding is coming from The John M. Bendheim Community Disaster Response Fund, which is administered by UWWP. Its purpose is to provide direct disaster recovery assistance to families as well as local nonprofits affected by colossal natural and man-made disasters.

The late Mr. John M. Bendheim Sr. and family through the Leon Lowenstein Foundation established The Bendheim Community Disaster Response Endowment Fund for United Way of Westchester and Putnam in 2012. Mr. Bendheim was a long-time resident of Scarsdale and a supporter of United Way as a member of the Tocqueville Society, United Way’s national major donor association.  Additionally, he held many key positions with the local United Way committee in Scarsdale-Edgemont, including the chairmanship, in his early years.

The application is available online at uwwp.org/coronavirus-response-grant

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 15th. United Way of Westchester and Putnam will disperse the grants in May 2020.

Coronavirus – Nonprofit Resources

Resources to help your organization navigate through the effects of the coronavirus.

Tele-Health for Substance Abuse

https://www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/resources/telehealth-addiction-treatment-during-quarantine/

The Child Care Council of Westchester is Here to Help You Find Child Care

The Council is reaching out to the child care and after school community to see who is open and has openings to provide care during this time of need. Their staff is there to help. Please call 914-761-3456 x 140. Kindly leave a message and they will return your call. Please check the Child Care Council Facebook page for child care updates and other important info regarding COVIV-19. Resources that parents might find useful while at home with their children will also be posted.

Small Business Administration Loans

Join national call with SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza on COVID-19’s economic impacts and the SBA’s targeted relief efforts for the nation’s small businesses, including nonprofits. Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 2:30 pm ET. Register hereFind out more about the three step process.

New York State Paid Sick Law S8091-A10153 NY 2020 provides for:

  • Employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income less than $1 million will provide job protection for the duration of the quarantine order and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  • Employers with 11-99 employees and employers with 10 or fewer employees and a net income greater than $1 million will provide at least 5 days of paid sick leave, job protection for the duration of the quarantine order, and guarantee their workers access to Paid Family Leave and disability benefits (short-term disability) for the period of quarantine including wage replacement for their salaries up to $150,000.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees, as well as all public employers (regardless of number of employees), will provide at least 14 days of paid sick leave and guarantee job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.

For detailed information about what the law provides, please visit A Better Balance’s fact sheet here. With special thanks to Westchester Women’s Agenda for their advocacy and information.

Mortgage payments will be waived for 90 days

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said mortgage payments will be waived for 90 days for those with financial hardships as the state ramps up measures to mitigate the health and economic impacts of the new coronavirus.

The directive includes:

  • Waiving mortgage payments based on financial hardship
  • No negative reporting to credit bureaus
  • Grace period for loan modification
  • No late payment fees or online payment fees
  • Postponing or suspending foreclosures
  • Waiving ATM fees, late fees, overdraft fees and credit card fees at state chartered banks.

100 percent of the nonessential workforce must stay home

This order exempts essential services. All private businesses are urged to allow their non-essential employees to work from home.

Essential services include industries such as shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, health care providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, as well as other industries critical to the supply chain.

Information on laws and regulations offered by the Human Services Council

NPW has been participating on calls hosted by the Human Services Council. Although NY City centric, the calls offer critical information around current and new laws and regulations and questions from agencies are answered by subject matter experts. We will continue to participate on calls. If you wish to do so, here is the most up to date information:

  • Calls Next Week, starting Monday, March 23rd are Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • The number to call is 425-436-6324 and the PIN is 515229#
  • Participants are encouraged to send questions in advance to info@humanservicescouncil.org.

FAQ for NY State Businesses and Other Helpful Resources

Empire State Development (ESD) has created a FAQ to offer information to businesses regarding State regulations and general guidance related to the coronavirus that can be helpful to nonprofit organizations as well. If your question is not answered, please contact ESD via their website.

Other Helpful Resources:

Federal Government Families First Coronavirus Response Act

We are awaiting summary information and concerned that there is not sufficient economic relief for the nonprofit sector.

Medical Supplies

Please use this form to request medical supplies from Westchester County Department of Emergency Services – Emergency Management Division Medical Supply Shortage Request Form. Return to: wceoc@westchestergov.com. Please let us know if you have not received a response within 24 hours:

We know there is a shortage of supplies and are also working with a member agency to gain access to these needed supplies.

Children’s Bureau

Early Childhood Development

Office of Head Start

Office of Child Support Enforcement

Office of Community Services

Office of Refugee Resettlement

Office on Trafficking in Persons

3/18/20

Temporary Food Distribution Points

Use this link to find temporary food distribution locations. Help provided by Feeding Westchester

3/13/20 Update from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

Funding for States to Address COVID-19

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The $8.3 billion dollar Supplemental passed by Congress included statutory language which prescribed the exact formula for disbursing the money: states will receive 90% of their 2019 CDC PHEP grants.  This marks the first portion of funding to states from the $8.3 billion supplemental.  Today, CDC is contacting State Health Officers to move forward with awarding over $560 million to states, localities, territories, and tribes. CDC will use existing networks to reach out to state and local jurisdictions to access this initial funding. To view the list of CDC funding actions to jurisdictions, click here.

Helping Communities Know Mitigation Strategies

The CDC released their “Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.”  Essentially, this is a guide describing possible mitigation strategies for communities dealing with transmission at three different levels: (1) None/Minimal, (2) Moderate, or (3) Substantial.  Community mitigation strategies, which are non-pharmaceutical interventions, are often the most available interventions to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in communities.  The Mitigation Plan includes a set of actions that persons and communities can take to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections. The Community Mitigation Plan can be found here.

Guidance on Infection Control For Healthcare Workers

The CDC released updated guidance on infection prevention and control recommendations. Healthcare workers are fighting this outbreak on the front lines, and this guidance is intended to provide assistance to healthcare settings that are handling suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This guidance is applicable to all U.S. healthcare settings, but not for non-healthcare settings. There is separate guidance for that. The new guidance on infection control can be found here.

Guidance for Preparing Workplaces

This week, the Department of Labor released practical guidance for how to prepare workplaces for COVID-19. This guidance will help to educate workers and employers about the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance can be found here.

Guidance for Laboratories

The CDC has been actively working to address the need for testing across the country. In addition to public health laboratories, private labs are doing testing. In addition to reviewing the Updated Guidance on Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019, the CDC recently updated the FAQ website for laboratories, and we encourage you to read through the site to answer preliminary questions, though we stand ready to answer other questions that you may have.

Guidance to Prepare Homeless Shelters

We recognize persons experiencing homelessness are an especially vulnerable population. CDC released guidance on March 9, to help homeless shelters plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19. The guidance can be found here.

OMB Flexibilities

On March 9, 2020, OMB issued a memo that provides administrative relief for recipients and applicants of Federal financial assistance who are directly impacted by COVID-19. The grant flexibilities include 10 actions that HHS can take to provide short-term administrative and financial management relief, allowing funds to be awarded quicker and giving grantees the ability to focus on their critical response, research, or services. More information can be found here.

General Preparation Information

On March 9, 2020, the White House Coronavirus Task Force released practical steps that we recommend posting and sharing to keep workplaces, school, home and commercial establishments safe. This information can be found here.

The COVID-19 response is a whole-of-government effort and each department has a number of specific resources. We encourage you to explore those resources as necessary to respond to the situation in your communities.

Coronavirus – Closures- Other

Government Service Closures

Library Closures

Nonprofit Closures or Service Updates

School Closures

Apple has closed all of its retail stores outside of Greater China until March 27.

Carmel Cinemas in Carmel is closed until further notice.

DeCicco & Sons in Ardsley, Armonk, Brewster, Harrison, Larchmont, Millwood, Pelham, and Somers –  Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we will have special shopping times every morning from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM reserved for our senior customers and immunocompromised families. We ask all customers to respect this time and begin regular shopping at 8:30 AM.

We will also modify our hours to allow extra time for our team members to restock and fully clean our stores. Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM-8:00 PM (8:00 AM-8:30 AM limited access) Sunday 8:00AM-7:00PM (8:00AM-8:30AM limited access)

The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville has suspended all film and education programs through March 31.

MGM Yonkers is closed until March 27.

Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates can clean and stock products. Stores operating under more reduced hours will keep current hours of operation. Stores currently operating under more reduced hours (for example they regularly close at 10 p.m. or open at 7 a.m.) will keep their current hours of operation.

Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford will be closed through April 14, 2020.

Coronavirus – Closures- Nonprofits

Government Service Closures

Library Closures

Other Closures

School Closures

(914) Cares: Kids’ Kloset/ Baby Bank Closed through Friday, March 20th.

African American Men of Westchester (AAMV) are postponing all upcoming events indefinitely.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program/Cash Coalition is suspending AARP Foundation Tax-Aide services beginning March 16 until further notice. Check their web page periodically or call 1-888-227-7669 for updates about the status of Tax-Aide sites.

The American Heart Association‘s Westchester Go Red for Women luncheon planned for Friday, April 3 will be rescheduled on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison have postponed The Magic Lantern program scheduled for March 29.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester will be closed on Monday, March 16.

Community Resource Center will close to the public and only offer emergency assistance and referrals via phone from March 16 to March 21.

Hope’s Door has closed its Hawthorne and Ossining sites with the hope of re-opening after two weeks – on Monday, March 30, 2020. Their shelter and hotline will continue to operate. Anyone in need of services should contact our hotline at 888-438-8700.

Their Annual Teen Dating Abuse Symposium, originally scheduled for April 22, has been moved to Monday, October 26, 2020.

Their Gala, which had been scheduled for Friday, May 1, 2020, will not be held – we continue to evaluate the feasibility of a “Virtual Gala.”

The Jacob Burns Film Center has suspended all film and education programs through March 31.

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has moved its Equal Access to Justice Dinner on April 2, 2020 from an in-person celebration into the digital world and create an online experience.

Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains will be closed through April 12.

My Sisters Place will not accepting walk-in clients or visitors to its offices; however, they still have some coverage at each office for emergency cases and are still providing any assistance to victims/survivors that they can. Please see this link for its update and for information on how folks in need can contact them: https://mspny.org/covid-19

The Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase is now temporarily closed to the public.

Nor-West Regional Special Services has canceled its therapeutic recreation programs indefinitely effective March 13.

North East Westchester Special Recreation in Hawthorne has canceled all programs through March 20.

The Ossining Food Pantry at Trinity Church is closed until further notice.

Volunteer New York! will not be hosting an in-person Volunteer Spirit Awards on April 3, 2020. They are exploring the option of a virtual awards presentation that is streamed live.

WEDC and Putnam SCORE have canceled the ONW WOMEN’S Conference scheduled April 4, 2020 at the Putnam County Golf Course.

Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board has postponed the job fairs scheduled for March 19, 2020, and March 24, 2020.

Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will only be assisting customers who have made appointments through 211 for our White Plains, Mt. Vernon and Westchester Community College VITA locations. VITA assistance will continue to be offered at the White Plains Community Opportunity Program and at Ossining High School via appointment or walk-ins. VITA services at the Yonkers Riverfront Library, the Westchester Educational Opportunity Center in Yonkers, and Mercy College locations are suspended until further notice. Please check with 211 for any updates before attending VITA appointments.

Westchester Residential Opportunities will not hold in-person meetings, including both one-on-one counseling sessions and larger group events. Our counselors will be available by phone and by email.

Yonkers Philharmonic – Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, YPO’s March 29th concert has been canceled.

Coronavirus – Closures – Government Services

Library Closures

Nonprofit Closures or Service Updates

Other Closures

School Closures

 

As of 3/15/20 at 9:30 a.m.

Carmel Justice Court has canceled all cases, including traffic cases scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.


Cold Spring Village Hall will be closed for business until further notice starting Monday, March 16th.  This includes the Village Clerk’s office, Registrar, Accounting and Justice Court.  Services such as Police, Water, Garbage and Recycling will continue as normal.

The Village of Cold Spring Justice Court scheduled for Monday March 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM is cancelled.  The Court will notify defendents by mail of their next court appearance.

In addition, all Board (Zoning, Historic, Planning, etc) meetings and Public Hearings, except for the Board of Trustees, are canceled until further notice.


Town of Cortland as of 3/13/20

  1. The Town of Cortlandt has been working with Westchester County Executive George Latimer, and the Westchester County Department of Health and Department of Emergency Services to plan and prepare for the COVID-19/Coronavirus here in our community. I have declared a State of Emergency in Cortlandt starting today.
  2. All Town Board, Planning Board, ZBA meetings as well as council and committee meetings will be cancelled immediately.
  3. All programs at the Community Center, which includes the Senior Center activities will be closed and the Youth Center, as well.
  4. Town Hall will be restricted to the public; however, all departments will be staffed and operating. For all routine business, please call Town Hall, do not come in. You can reach us at 914-734-1000 or WWW.TOWNOFCORTLANDT.COM or call the applicable department. 
  5.  All payments can be made online. Town Government will be operating but will not have visitors to our offices. If you need assistance please contact the office you need for assistance.
  6.  All Town of Cortlandt Recreation programs are suspended for a period of 30 days. If you are currently registered and enrolled in a Town of Cortlandt Recreation program, you will receive a pro-rated refund or account credit. Registration for spring/summer programs will be accepted online only at WWW.TOWNOFCORTLANDT.COM/RECONLINE .
  7. Nutrition and Meals on Wheels will continue to provide home-delivered meals as scheduled to our seniors from our Center. However, all other Senior Programs are cancelled.
  8. The Town is currently identifying all Town employees that can work remotely and will continue to make business continuity a priority.
  9. The Town continues to be in regular communication with the County, as well as neighboring school districts and other agencies. We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.

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In New Rochelle As of 3/16/20 at 3:00 p.m.

Effective at 8pm tonight, all gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited throughout New York, and all bars and restaurants will be closed, except for takeout. Theaters and gyms will also be closed. By contrast, supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open throughout this challenge and are well-supplied.

Effective tomorrow, City Hall will be closed to the public, but all essential municipal services, such as sanitation, Police, Fire, and emergency medical response will continue to operate and parks will remain open. Remember that you can also access many municipal services remotely. For a full list of online city services, plus other updated information, please visit newrochelleny.com/coronavirus.

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As of  March 18th, all Town and Village of Ossining Parks and Cemeteries Closed Until Further Notice All sports fields and courts, playgrounds, dog parks, and pavilions will be closed until further notice. Our waterfront parks, walking and jogging trails will remain open, however, social distancing is strongly encouraged at these locations.

The Ossining Senior Nutrition Program at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center will transition to only serving home-delivered meals starting Friday, March 13. All events and programs at the Senior Center have been canceled for the foreseeable future.


In Peekskill, as of Monday, March 16th, the Neighborhood Center dining room is closed to all senior nutrition program members.

Meal delivery service is available for dining room participants.

To receive a meal:

  1. Call: 914-734-4251 the day before to make a meal reservation.

For example:
To receive a meal on Monday, call by Sunday night.
To receive a meal on Tuesday, call by Monday night.

  1. Seniors can expect their meal to arrive between 9 AM – 1 PM and must be home to receive their meal
  2. Daily phone call reservations are required for continued deliveries.

Peekskill Parking Violations Hearings for March 24th is postponed.

Peekskill Youth Bureau are cancelled through April 12.

Peeksill Recreational programs at Kiley Center will be cancelled through April 12.


Philipstown Recreation has canceled all classes and programs from  March 15 – March 22.


Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell has declared the State of Emergency for Putnam County effective through March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

Updated as of March 15:

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell ordered all public daycare centers which are regulated by New York State, including but not limited to all large and small day care centers, nursery and preschools, prekindergarten and head start programs, in Putnam County closed for five (5) days  effective 12:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020.  The closings were ordered out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to continue to follow the guidelines being issued by federal and state agencies regarding best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the County Executive has issued Executive Orders canceling or postponing all social, community, public gatherings or events, including Putnam County-sponsored events where it is anticipated that more than 20 people will be in attendance and also ordering all food service establishments, including delis, supermarkets, grocery stores and catering facilities to cease all buffet style service and sales.

As of March 13:

With the State of Emergency declared, Odell issued an Emergency Order to suspend all classroom and extracurricular functions and close all public and private schools throughout the county as of Monday, March 16 for an initial five day period, with an option to extend it for another five days.  No classroom or extracurricular activities may take place at the schools.

In addition, Putnam County Sheriff Robert Langley suspended all visitation to the Putnam County Correctional Facility effective Monday,  March 16th.

Putnam Senior Center will be closed Monday, March 16 through and including Friday, March 27. Meals will instead be delivered at home for those who need them.


  • All Westchester County Board and Commission meetings have been suspended until further notice. In lieu of an in-person meeting, Commissioners, Directors and Board Leaders may hold a telephone conference call.
  • Glen Island Park is closed to the public. Glen Island Harbour Club remains open for events.
  • For any events at the Westchester County Center, visit the County Center website or call (914) 995-4050 for cancellation information.The following Westchester County events have also been postponed:Friends of Marshlands Annual Meeting, March 15Airport Master Plan Public Open House, March 19
  • With authorization from the State Commission on Corrections, the following precautionary measures are being taken at the Westchester County Jail:
    • In-person visitation for family and friends has been suspended.
    • Residents will still be allowed in-person legal visits, and the ability to telephone or video visit (skype).
    • All volunteers have been suspended from coming into the jail.
    • NOTE: At this time, no one who has tested positive for COVID-19 is in custody.

The Westchester County Board of Legislators will exercise Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.1, “Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency,” effective March 12 through April 11, which temporarily suspends portions of the New York State Open Meetings Law.

As a result, the Board will hold next week’s Committee meetings “without permitting in public in-person access.”  Per the Executive Order and longstanding Board practice, the public may view and listen to the Committee meetings both in real-time and as archived through our website, Westchesterlegislators.com. View our meeting schedule at: https://westchestercountyny.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=1.


Yorktown as od 3/15/20

The orders are:

  1. Access to all town-owned buildings (other than the Yorktown Police Department Headquarters and the Yorktown Justice Court) is restricted to town employees only.
  2. No more than two individuals at a time may occupy the lobby of the Yorktown Police Department Headquarters. No more than one party at a time may occupy the lobby of the Yorktown Justice Court.
  3. The town’s Building Maintenance Director shall forthwith purchase and install a secure drop box outside of Town Hall for the public to use. The drop box shall be emptied once every business day at 9 a.m. At the town’s discretion, documents received by the town via the drop box by 9 a.m. may be deemed received by the town on the previous business day.
  4. Town employees that have been identified by town department heads and approved by the supervisor may work remotely.
  5. All child care facilities in town shall establish staggered pickup and drop-off times in a fashion designed to reduce crowding in entrances and hallways by at least 50%.

Yorktown as of 3/14/20

Yorktown Supervisor Matt Slater issued three emergency orders Saturday to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community. The orders are:

  1. All owners and managers of residential buildings within Yorktown with more than six dwelling units, as well as all homeowners associations, condominium boards and cooperative boards in Yorktown must provide town officials with reliable emergency contact information. The information should be sent to jbelcastro@yorktownny.org by 5 p.m. on March 18 in the following format: building address, full name, telephone number and email address of a primary and secondary emergency contact person.
  2. All permits and licenses issued by the town to door-to-door peddlers and solicitors are suspended.
  3. All entities that provide home health aide services within Yorktown shall ensure that their home health aides are screened for warning signs of COVID-19 and cleared before beginning any new assignments in Yorktown.

As of 3/13/20 – Yorktown Declares Local State of Emergency to address the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the community.

  • The Town Board has cancelled its March meetings; the emergency declaration allows the town government to implement any policies as needed.
  • The Nutrition Center will be closed until April 1st. Staff will be enhancing the meals on wheels program to deliver to seniors who rely on town services.
  • All extracurricular activity at the Albert A. Cappellini Community and Cultural Center will be suspended until April 1st.
  • Staff who enter occupied homes for inspections or repairs will only do so for emergencies until April 1st.
  • The John C. Hart Memorial Library will limit its capacity during operating hours and it will close on Sundays until April 1st.
  • Governmental meetings will continue, but public hearings will be postponed until April.
  • Yorktown Stage will close through April 1 and their production of The Sound of Music scheduled for the end of April is canceled.
  • SOAC Basketball’s season finale scheduled for next week is postponed to an undetermined date in April.
  • Maple Weekends at Hilltop Hanover Farm and White Oak Farm on March 21, 22, 28 and 29 are canceled.
  • Hilltop Hanover Farm’s Pancake Breakfasts are canceled.
  • The housing voucher program (Section 8) at the Cappellini center will only accept mailed applications.
  • Cleaning in Town Hall of doorknobs, handrails and light fixtures four times a day.
  • For any/all inspections needed to be completed to continue construction, the building department will accept a letter from any design profession with pictures.
  • The Water Department is splitting its staff into two groups, a regular shift (6:30 am to 2:30 pm) will have 6 workers and a second shift (3 pm to 11 pm) will have 3 workers.
  • Sewer Department daily activities will be limited to tasks required to keep our facilities in regular working order, i.e. preventive maintenance, repair, inspection and related work tasks.
  • Any employee who is out of the country will be put on a two-week paid administrative leave before returning to work.effect.

Coronavirus – Closures

All schools have been mandated closed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Below is information about child care and food distribution sites for school districts.

As of 3/22/20

Click to see nonprofit service updates

The Child Care Council of Westchester is available to help  Westchester parents find temporary child care, and all services for parents are free. Even if your school district or child care provider is not closed, they urge parents to act now to prepare alternate arrangements, which may include things like a patchwork of care with family/friends and/or splitting child care duties with neighbors; hiring a nanny (do your due diligence as they are not covered under any regulations or oversight – we have a complete Nanny Guide to help); or calling them for a list of OCFS-regulated child care programs/providers who may be willing to offer temporary care. Call the Westchester Child Care Council at 914-761-3456 x140 and leave a message. Your call will be returned.

PUTNAM COUNTY

Carmel School District: The Food Service Department has developed a plan for meal services to continue for families in need.  Communication has been sent regarding the grab and go distribution times and location.  The 2019-2020 free and reduced meal application can be found on page 16 of the school calendar, on the Food Service website or by emailing the Food Service Department at carmelfoodservices@carmelschools.orgOpens in a new browser tab for the application.   Applications in English and Spanish can also be picked up from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the lobby of the District Office located at 81 South Street, Patterson, NY.  Completed applications can be emailed to carmelfoodservices@carmelschools.orgOpens in a new browser tab or mailed to Carmel Central School District, Food Services Department, 81 South Street, P.O. Box 296, Patterson, NY, 12563.

Haldane School District: Families who previously arranged participation in the lunch/breakfast pickup program, will receive their meals via delivery starting Thursday, March 19. The campus will no longer be open for pick-ups. We will then be delivering on Monday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 25, and will continue with the Monday/Wednesday delivery schedule through the remainder of the school closure. If you are in need of support and have not received direct communication from the school, please contact Anne Dinio adinio@haldaneschool.org or Nancy Norton nnorton@haldaneschool.org. You may also call 845-265-9254 and leave a message at x131.

Mahopac School District: Grab and Go” meals for students that qualify for free and reduced lunch are being coordinated by the District’s food service provider, Aramark. Beginning Monday, March 23, the plan is for two days of lunches to be provided on Mondays and three days of meals to be provided on Wednesdays for pick up at Mahopac High School between 11 AM and 1 PM. If you believe that you qualify for these services, please email Assistant Superintendent for Business Sandra Clohessy (clohessys@mahopac.org).

WESTCHESTER COUNTY

Westchester County has developed its childcare/food distribution plan in consultation with our school districts, the Westchester Child Care Council and our community-based organizations. Our plan is structured to respond to the needs of our health care workers and first responders. The majority of our health care workers reside in the cities; our plan accounts for that but is geographically balanced across the county.
At our direction, each of the following school districts, based on size, has identified three classrooms that will be available from 8 am to 6 pm to provide childcare to Westchester’s first responders and health care workers.
Each room will hold between ten (10) and twelve (12) kids. No children with any flue type symptom may attend. Each room will have an aid and/or teacher present and a nurse/WCC
nursing student. The program will be assigned a full-time administrator. The County will work with SEO and these school districts on the curriculum.

• Ardsley: Concord Road Elementary School
• Bedford: Mount Kisco Elementary School
• Blind Brook: Bruno M Ponterio Ridge Street School
• Bronxville: Bronxville Elementary School
• Byram Hills: Armonk Children’s Comer
• Croton-Harmon: Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School
• Dobbs Ferry: Coordinated with existing after-school program at Springhurst Elementary School
• Edgemont: Edgemont High School
• Harrison: Harrison Elementary School
• Hastings on Hudson: Pre-K to 4th Grade: Hillside Elementary School; 5th and 6th Grade: Farragut Middle School
• Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson Elementary School
• Irvington: Dows Lane Elementary School
• Katonah -Lewisboro: Elementary School
• Mount Vernon: Holmes Elementary School
o Additional childcare resources will be provided at Macedonian Baptist Church; Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and Allen Memorial Church or the Church of God in Christ
• New Rochelle: City School District of New Rochelle’s District Offices (second floor of New Rochelle City Hall)
• Ossining: Park Elementary School
• Peekskill: Uriah Hill Elementary Schools
• Pelham: Siwanoy and Hutchinson Elementary School(s)
• Pocantico Hills:
• Rye City: Rye High School or Rye Middle School
• Somers: Somers Intermediate School
• Tarrytown: John Paulding Elementary School
• Valhalla: Easter Seals or Valhalla Middle/High School
• White Plains: Post Road Elementary School between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm
• Yonkers: Each site may accommodate 2-3 classes of 10 students aged 4-12
o Casimir Pulaski School -150 Kings Cross, Scarsdale
o Montessori School 31 -7 Ravenswood Rd
o School 17 -745 Midland Ave

Supplemental Day Care Sites

• The Carver Center in Port Chester will be open from 8:00 am -6:00 pm for children
ages 4 to 12 and will provide lunches.
• SUNY Purchase’s Children’s Center will reopen its doors to provide childcare
services. The facility requires an inspection by Westchester County DoH; this inspection is currently in progress.
• The Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College will re­open on March 23nl; it will operate from 7:00 am -6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
• The Westchester County Center will utilize 8 rooms to accommodate 10-15 students in each room; 20 people from 5 youth programs will staff the County Center. Westchester Community College is providing nursing students at this facility. The Westchester County Parks Department’s vendor will provide meals.

Food will be distributed at various locations for pick up:

• Bedford: Two schools will provide 2 days’ worth of meals to identified families of
children who currently receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch; this will occur 3 days a week from 10:00 am to 1 :00 pm
• Hendrick Hudson: Hendrick Hudson High School Cafeteria from 10:00 am -1 :00 pm
• Irvington: 9:30 am -11 :30 am beginning Wednesday, March 181h; food will be given to anyone who shows up at Main Street School and at Tally Rand Apartment Complex
• Lakeland: Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School between 11 :00 am -l :00 pm
• Mount Pleasant: Westlake Elementary School lobby from 9:30 am -11 :00 am
• New Rochelle:
o New Rochelle High School House IV parking lot: 9:00 am -l :00 pm
o 95 Lincoln (WESTCOP): 9:00 am -4:00 pm
o 345 Main Street (New Rochelle Housing Authority) 9:00 am -4:00 pm
o Trinity Elementary School from 9:00 am -l :00 pm
o Columbus Elementary School from 9:00 am -l :00 pm
o New Rochelle City Park from 9:00 am -4:00 pm
• Ossining: Park Elementary School and/or Ossining High School between 10:00 am –
12:00 pm or 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
• Peekskill: 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the following locations:
o Woodside Elementary School
o Oakside Elementary School
o Hillcrest Elementary School
o Peekskill Middle School
o Peekskill High School
• Pelham: Food will be prepared at high school, distributed at Siwanoy Elementary School and Hutchinson Elementary School between 8:00 am -10:00 am and 11 :00 am -1 :00 pm
• Rye City: Breakfast and lunch will be available from 8:00 am -12:00 pm at Rye High School
• Somers: Somers High School between 9:30 am -12:00 pm
• Tarrytown: Sleepy Hollow Middle School, 10:00 am -1 :00 pm
• Valhalla: 11 :00 am -1 :00 pm
o Valhalla Middle/High School
o Virginia Road Elementary
• White Plains will distribute breakfast and lunch to its students starting Monday, March 23rd between 10:00 am and 1 :00 pm:
o White Plains High School Field House parking lot
o Church Street parking lot
o Rochambeau High School lot
o Ridgeway School parking lot
• Yonkers has provided 10 sites for ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast and lunch. These sites will be open from 8:30 AM -11 :30 AM
o Enrico Fermi School: 27 Poplar St
o Eugenio Maria de Hostos MicroSociety School -75 Morris St
o Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy-135 Locust Hill Ave
o Roosevelt Early College Studies High School -631 Tuckahoe Rd

Homeless Woman

Westchester Nonprofits can Apply for Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

The United Way of Westchester and Putnam is accepting applications for the Phase 36 (2019-2020) Emergency Food and Shelter Funds available through the Local Westchester Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Board. This program provides federal funding which helps to extend currently available services for the hungry and homeless. The deadline for submission of completed applications is 4 p.m. on Monday, July 29, 2019.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board, which is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced that Westchester County has been awarded $466,615.

Eligible applicants must: 1) be nonprofit; 2) be eligible to receive federal funds; 3) have an accounting system or an approved fiscal agent; 4) conduct an annual audit if awarded $25,000 or more in federal funds; 5) practice non-discrimination; 6) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter services; 7) have a voluntary board; 8)have the capacity to either chargeback or expend Phase 36 funding during the jurisdiction’s selected spending period; 9) must be able to completely and accurately obtain, retain and submit required documentation with reports; use DocuSign and online reporting.

Qualified organizations are encouraged to apply.

The application is available online www.uwwp.org/efsp36. Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting: Mary Ann Luna, EFSP Director at United Way of Westchester and Putnam, Inc. at (914) 997-6700 ext.740.

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is the administrative agent of the Local Westchester EFSP Board.